10 Best Valentine’s Day TV Episodes

Sick of spending all your money on Valentine's Day at crowded restaurants that smell like Axe and desperation? Single this year and planning on spending the whole night in sweatpants eating bacon dipped in ice cream? Park yourself in front of the TV on V-Day alone or with the one you love and share in the joys and tribulations of the day with some of your favorite characters. You can either catch the new holiday-themed episodes of New Girl and Glee or watch these Valentine's episodes that qualify as the best of all time.

  1. 30 Rock "Anna Howard Shaw Day"

    For single girls everywhere who like to think of themselves as real-life Liz Lemon, this episode was life-changing. No longer do they have to celebrate Valentine's Day, as they now know that Feb. 14 is also the birthday of American suffragette, Anna Howard Shaw. For the rest of us, this 30 Rock was just a great example of quick, funny writing, with plenty of storylines to keep fans interested. Avery Jessup (Elizabeth Banks) was introduced as Jack's new love interest, Jenna mourns the loss of her stalker, and Liz's drug-induced hallucinations involve a cameo by Jon Bon Jovi and a hilarious bit with Jon Hamm, Jason Sudeikis, and Dean Winters as female Jamaican nurses at the dentist's office.

  2. Mad Men "For Those Who Think Young"

    Mad Men isn't a particularly romantic show, with most characters cheating on their spouses at one point or another, and the Season 2 Valentine's episode thankfully didn't try to schmaltz the plot up for the holiday. Instead, they stuck with the kind of drama they're good at and let the time era provide the sentimentality. You have the normal problems between Don and Betty Draper, the old love between Roger Sterling and Joan, and this neat new technology called a copier. This episode furthers the plot and gives us a glimpse into how people celebrated the holiday in the '60s, which is exactly what we could hope for from Mad Men.

  3. The Simpsons "I Love Lisa"

    Considering this is often hailed as one of the top Simpsons episodes out of the 20-plus seasons the show's been on the air, it's safe to say that this is one of the better Valentine's Day shows. Feeling sorry for dopey, annoying Ralph Wiggum, Lisa gives him a Valentine's card (with a train saying "I Choo-Choo-Choose You"). This obviously confuses sweet, moronic Ralph who then thinks he and Lisa are in love and going to get married. When confronted with Ralph's annoying feelings, Lisa explodes and breaks his heart on TV. This inspires Ralph to give the most moving performance as George Washington that you'll ever see and all is resolved. An important aspect for the series development that comes up in this show is that Ralph is Chief Wiggum's son, a fact that hadn't been established previously.

  4. Glee "Silly Love Songs"

    If you hate Glee, you aren't magically going to like this Valentine's episode, but if you love it, or can even just tolerate it, "Silly Love Songs" was a high note. The plot moves along with love in the air for basically all of the teenage characters. Even hefty Lauren Zizes is getting some action from Puck, who sang Queen's "Fat-Bottomed Girls" to her. Other song highlights: Michael Jackson's "Pretty Young Thing," sung by Artie; Katy Perry's "Firework," belted out by Rachel; and Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs," performed by the oh-so-talented Warblers.

  5. The Office "Valentine's Day"

    This episode is responsible for one of the single greatest TV show merchandising opportunities in history: the Dwight Schrute bobblehead. They may seem commonplace or even outdated now, but six years ago when this episode aired, it was a novel concept. Angela gave one to Dwight for Valentine's Day, and the bar was raised for V-Day gifts everywhere. Another unique aspect of "Valentine's Day" is the fact that Michael actually appears competent as a Dunder-Mifflin employee for once. He shows up to the meeting with his branch's numbers and takes responsibility for a mistake he made, saving Jan's job and winning her affection. The dysfunctional Ryan-and-Kelly relationship also begins on this eventful Valentine's Day.

  6. Modern Family "My Funky Valentine"

    You just can't go wrong with Phil Dunphy. He can take any situation, even one that could seem tired to audiences, and make it hilarious. And he can take any holiday and ruin it a little bit for his wife. In this episode, he takes on the role of Clive Bixby in order to heat things up with Claire, but the two end up just getting in a bit of hot water. And we can't forget about the adorable story line with Manny and Cam, who work together to get the attention of Manny's crush. While Manny's thick, smarmy charm can be a little much in other episodes, it works perfectly for the holiday that's all about love and romance.

     

  7. Friends "The One With The Birthing Video"

    There are several good Valentine's Friends episodes to choose from, including the one where Chandler gets set up on a date with Janice and the one where Chandler gives Monica a mixed tape with Janice's voice on it. But "The One With The Birthing Video" might be the most memorable if only because it reminds of us what we definitely don't want to be doing on Valentine's Day. Chandler and Monica end up watching a tape of Phoebe's friend giving birth because Chandler thought it was porn, and the two are rightfully traumatized. We also get to see the normally cute and bubbly Joey share his misery with a normally cute and bubbly dog, which is pushed out of our minds because we're still imagining what was on that birthing video.

  8. Arrested Development "Marta Complex"

    It's hard to find a "Best of" TV list without someone mentioning Arrested Development, but if you've seen this episode, you know why it's on here. Valentine's Day plays a minor role, merely providing the back story for a surprise party and a candy-heart sign-from-above for George Michael. This allows the story line to develop freely. Throughout the show, Michael and Gob look for a man named Hermano who's having an affair with Gob's girlfriend, unaware that it means "brother" in Spanish. Buster continues his affair with Liza Minnelli's Lucille 2, we found out Maeby was maybe adopted, and we get to see the devastating effects of never-nude syndrome on a marriage.

  9. Saturday Night Live "2/14/2009"

    OK, the Jonas Brothers are in this episode, but the rest of the show makes up for it. Alec Baldwin hosted his 14th SNL, delivering the laughs you would expect from the 30 Rock star and American Airlines heckler. One thing's for certain: you'll never play Wii the same way again. And we can't forget the Lil Wayne and Eminem impersonations during Weekend Update, where they sing a song that every guy wishes he could serenade his girl with. You'll feel like you're really watching the misogynistic rappers.

  10. Parks and Recreation "Galentine's Day"

    No one is better at showing their love for, well, everything than Leslie Knope. She's passionate, thoughtful, and really good at her job, and yet still can't get her love life quite right. This episode plays into the theory that Valentine's Day is when everyone seems to figure out who they love (or don't love, as the case may be), and yet it does it in a way that's totally true to the rest of the series and doesn't feel like it's playing too much to the holiday, even as they spend half the episode in a room full of hearts and pink decorations. Leslie discovers the problems with Justin and sees through her mom's great love story, Tom confesses his real feelings for Wendy, and April dumps her two gay boyfriends. What's more romantic than that?

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